Former Superman actor Dean Cain has taken to Twitter to react to the call for diversity Henry Cavill’s replacement on the big screen following his exit from negotiations to reprise his role last year.
Henry Cavill walked away from the table to return for what would have been his fourth appearance as Superman in what would have been a quick cameo in DC’s upcoming Shazam! movie starring Zachary Levi. Although there have been rumors suggesting Superman will appear in the film, after all, the Superman cameo is rumored to not feature the face of Henry Cavill himself. At the time reports first emerged that the Batman v Superman and Justice League star wouldn’t be reprising his role as Superman in the near future, Warner Bros. was reported to be considering casting Michael B. Jordan to succeed Henry Cavill at some point down the road.
After a recent opinion piece from Comic Book Resources posited the question as to whether or not Superman actually needs to be white, former Superman Dean Cain, who played the Last Son of Krypton in the hit 90s series Lois & Clark, took to Twitter to remind fans he was the first non-white actor to take on the role. Dean Cain himself, born Dean George Tanaka is of Japanese, French, Canadian, Welsh, and Irish descent.
Ummmmm… really? You’re about 25 years too late. https://t.co/19WZ7Hi5Fv
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) February 25, 2019
Superman, of course, has not always appeared as a white male in the comics as Earth 23’s Superman, Calvin Ellis is African American. Which is, in fact, the same Superman that Michael B. Jordan himself has come out and said he’d like to play since Henry Cavill dropped out of negotiations. Calvin Ellis, similar to Clark Kent’s Kal-El, is a Kryptonian named Kalel and is also the President of the United States on Earth 23.
While there doesn’t seem to be any plans to bring a new Superman film to fruition any time soon as the studio is reportedly shelving the superhero to give the spotlight to its standalone Supergirl film which is currently in developed with Oren Uziel writing the script, Calvin Ellis could be the perfect Superman to bring to the big screen to replace Henry Cavill after his cousin gets her proper time to shine in her very own feature film.
So what do you think? Who would you like to see replace Henry Cavill as Superman? Would you still like to see Henry Cavill return for another outing?
Following Aquaman, which is now playing, the DCEU continues in April with Shazam! on April 5, 2019, which will be followed by Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
Directed by David F. Sandberg, DC Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Ron Cephas.
Shazam! will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.